NEVILLE TWP., Pa. — Robert Morris fought back from a 1-0 deficit but ultimately fell to Michigan Tech 2-1 on an overtime short-handed goal by sophomore Alec Broetzman.
It was the first matchup between the Colonial and Huskies in the history of the programs.
The two teams came out physical, with both teams exchanging power-play opportunities early. Neither side could gain an edge from the advantage, and the two teams ended the first frame scoreless.
The second period began the same way as the first, and as Robert Morris would once again go to the box the 4th time was the charm for the Huskies as senior Alex Smith scored his first of the season the power-play. The penalty box continued to be occupied, with two additional penalties called. The Huskies out-shot the Colonials 15-9, leading to most of the scoring chances for the period.
As the third period began the Huskies controlled much of the offensive zone time, keeping Robert Morris at bay. The tide turned as sophomore Nick Lalonde gave an amazing effort on the forecheck to disrupt the Huskies breakout and a net-front scramble ensued after a pass to the top of the crease. Six-foot-six Justin Addamo found the puck and battled it across the goal line for his first of the season.
“The team is a grinder team, hard working and hitting”, said Addamo.
Justin Kapelmaster, the netminder who join Robert Morris from Ferris State stopped 29 of 31 shots. Head Coach Derek Schooley was happy with the effort, “He played good for his first start in net. It will be decided tomorrow who gets to play in net”.
Robert Morris and Michigan Tech finish their two game set tomorrow at the RMU Island Sports Center. The Colonials host the Bentley Falcons next weekend, Oct 11-12. Face-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Friday and 5:05 p.m. on Saturday.